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Arcachon is the main town on the Bassin d’Arcachon, a bay of the Atlantic ocean that attracts many visitors from  Bordeaux. Less than 60 km separates the capital of the Southwest from Arcachon and its beautiful villas, clear blue beaches and delicious seafood. This is also one of the main osticulture (oysters farming) centers of France so eating oysters is a “must” when coming to the area. I know many of my readers are less enthusiastic about oysters than the French are, but don’t worry, this place is a gem even if you’re not a fan of “huitres“. In this article, I will walk you through the best things you can do in Arcachon, where you should eat and even how to get there.  

I have to warn you though, Arcachon is one of the most popular sea resorts in France and in the summer, it’s flooded with tourists and locals alike. The best time to go there is either May-June or September. To avoid the crowded places you can visit one of the other charming villages on the Bassin d’Arcachon, such as la Teste de buch and Gujan Mestras. There are other amazing towns in the north and west parts of the bay, such as Andernos les Bains and Cap Ferret. However, in my opinion, if it’s your first time in Arcachon, you can by no means miss the incredible Dune du Pilat, south of the bay, and so I’ve focused my recommendations on that area.  

Arcachon is divided into 4 regions: the summer city is the city center with walkways and restaurants; the winter city is adorned with beautiful 19th-century villas; the autumn city includes the fishing area; and the spring city covers the most beautiful beaches in the Southern part of the bay. In most cities, people usually get to visit only the city center, but in Arcachon each part offers something completely different and you have to visit at least three to fully discover it. To help you do just that I’ve made a list of all the places I think you should visit and things you should do while in Arcachon. Hope you enjoy it 🙂

Best things to do in Arcachon

La Ville d’Eté – the main beach and the Arcachon market

The summer city is the touristic center of Arcachon. Typical to most towns in the region it has a nice pedestrian area with plenty of restaurants and boutiques. You can start your visit directly on the waterfront, just stroll along the beautiful promenade next to the main beach (Plage d’Arcachon). Its location on the Arcachon bay protects it from the threatening waves of the Atlantic Ocean and makes it the safest beach for kids. During the summer this beach tends to be very crowded so you might consider searching for a quieter one in Ville de Printemps (see below).

Arcachon Market
Arcachon market

One of the main attractions in Arcachon’s city center is the main market, Marché d’Arcachon. Like many towns in the area, Arcachon too has a fantastic covered market gathering plenty of food stands with local delicacies. The best thing is that the market is open daily from mid-June to mid-September and from Tuesday to Saturday the rest of the year so you can rely on it for great home-cooked meals or just a breakfast snack. In the summer, a night market takes place several days a week, with stands of clothes, accessories, jewelry and more. The night market is open until 23:00 (for the dates click here).

La Ville d’Hiver – Beautiful villas and the main park of Arcachon

The Architecture of La Ville d’Hiver

This neighborhood might not be the city center but La Ville d’Hiver is definitely the most beautiful part of Arcachon. The winter town, built on the hills of the city in the late 19th century, attracts many visitors thanks to its gorgeous architecture. Strolling the calm – green streets you will discover beautiful villas, each designed with different elements, giving the neighborhood an elegant yet eclectic style. Among the 300 villas, there are a few that should not be missed, among them Villa Tolledo, Villa Teresa, Villa Alexandre Dumas, and Villa Bremontier. If you can read some French, here’s a site with a short history of the most famous villas in the winter city.

ville d'hiver Arcachon

Parc Mauresque – a beautiful park with a panoramic view

Overlooking La Ville d’Eté you will find the charming Parc Mauresque, built in 1843. It’s located on a hill which you can spot right from the city center. If you don’t want to climb too many stairs, there’s a lift that will bring you all the way up to the park’s center. That’s also the best way to pass from the summer city to winter city.  The park is equipped with great playgrounds for kids and many cute spots for a picnic. This would be a great time for a picnic before heading to the beach.

Just next to the park, you’ll find the Observatoire de Sainte Cécile, a belvedere built from metal on which you can climb to see an incredible panoramic view of the Arcachon Bay. If it reminds you of the Eiffel Tower, that’s because Gustave Eiffel took part in the project!. The site is open daily and is free.

The beaches of La Ville de Printemps

The best beaches of Arcachon are located in “Spring town”, the western part of the city. The most famous beach is Plage Pereire, which starts right after the pedestrian promenade (bordered by Jetée de la Chapelle). It’s a beautiful three km beach with white sand and a view of the Cap Ferret peninsula on the other side of the bay. This beach is equipped with many sports facilities, a cycle path and green lawns for people to have a picnic on.

If you walk south on the beach line, you’ll get to Plage des Abatilles and des Arbousiers, the last one attracting the windsurfers and kite surfers coming to the area. Most beaches in Arcachon are supervised and well-equipped, so you just have to choose between the calmer beaches on the bay or the big ocean waves.

A visit to Le Moulleau

Day trip from Bordeaux
Le Moulleau beach

Le Moulleau, located in the far west, is officially a part of the city of Arcachon. However, in reality, it feels like a completely separate little resort town with its own center, beaches and restaurants. Le Moulleau is built around the beautiful Notre Dame des Passes square and its pier. There are several restaurants on the main street (Boulevard de la côte d’argent) and the Chemin des Pères promenade. The hotels and some restaurants in Le Moulleau are quite pricey as the area attracts a lot of wealthy French tourists. The resort is located mid-way between the center of Arcachon and the famous Dune du Pilat, so this could be a nice stop on the way there. If you’re coming by public transport, line 1 (Baia company) will take you from the Arcachon train station to the main street of Moulleau.

Take a boat to go eat lunch in Cap Ferret

oysters in arcachon

If you’re around Le Moulleau during lunchtime, you can upgrade your lunch to a fun adventure. Just in front of Le Moulleau beach lies the peninsula of Cap Ferret. It’s one of the most charming villages on the Bassin d’Arcachon and is known particularly for its oyster farming. Many people go there from Arcachon just for a few hours to eat the freshest oysters in one of the restaurants on the beach. The village is located on the other side of the bay so going there by car will take more than an hour. But you can totally skip the long route and go by sea. From April to mid-September there’s a fairy that takes you from le Moulleau to Cap Ferret in just 20 minutes (leaving from Jetée du Moulleau). You can also take the fairy from the center of Arcachon, which takes 30 minutes to reach  Cap Ferret. For the schedule and tickets reservation click here.

A boat trip to Iles aux Oiseaux and the Cabanes Tchanquées

The Arcachon bay is not just another resort town. The biodiversity and natural conditions which helped its famous oyster farming industry also make for fascinating adventures. If you really wish to discover the Bassin d’Arcachon beyond its beautiful beaches visit two of its landmarks, Les Cabanes Tchanquées and L’Ile aux Oiseaux. Les Cabanes Tchanquées, the two wooden huts decorating almost every postcard in Arcachon, are one of the most emblematic symbols of the bay. They were originally used for supervising the oysters farms but are no longer in use and can only be seen from outside. L’Ile aux Oiseaux, the birds’ island, owes its name to the many birds that reside in the Island yearlong.

There are several companies that offer both group and private tours to these and other parts of the bay. You can go by regular boat or by pinasse, which is a traditional boat from Arcachon. The tours are usually in French but many of the guides speak some English and can easily explain the most important details. The tour leaves from Jetée Thiers, located on the main beach of Arcachon. You can also get more information about different tours in the tourist office.

Dune du Pilat – the amazing sand dune

If there’s one thing in this list I consider a “must” it’s definitely this one. The gigantic sand dune is one of the wonders of the area, with its 60 million metric cubes of sand it’s quite astonishing the first time you see it. Dune du Pilat is Europe’s tallest sand dune, rising to an impressive 110 m high.  It’s also 500 meters wide and 2.7 km long so you’ll have plenty of room to wander. You can climb the dune by stairs that are installed from the end of May to early November. If you come during the low season or just feel energetic, you can just climb straight up the sandy slopes.

Dune du Pilat Arcachon
Dune du Pilat

Once you reach the top, a stunning panoramic view will be revealed with the Cap Ferret peninsula on one side a huge pine forest on the other and the magnificent Banc d’Arguin nature reserve just in front.  After working so hard climbing the dune, you can slide to the other side (when the sand is not too hot of course) and go straight to the beach. If you’re not in a rush you can easily spend the day here, have a nice picnic and swim in the crystal clear water. It’s hard to describe the beauty of this site in words, you really must see it yourself.

If you’re coming by public transport, line 1 (Baia company) will take you from the Arcachon train station to Dune to Pilat.  

Discover Arcachon by Bike

There are many bike paths and roads with very little traffic in the Bassin d’Arcachon which makes it a perfect place to discover by bicycle. The bike lanes go along most of the waterfront and lead from one beach to the other quite easily. You can also take the circuit from the center of Arcachon to Dune du Pilat and go through le Moulleau and Pyla sur Mer, the village where Dune du Pilat is located. To follow the path see the map here. There are many bike rental places in Arcachon where you can rent a bike for a few hours or for the whole day, see their details here.

Have a drink at la Co(o)rniche

Credit: Booking

La Co(o)rniche is a 5-star hotel designed by Philippe Starck with the most amazing view of the bassin. The hotel is luxurious and expensive so it’s for special occasions, but you can still enjoy the stunning view with a cocktail in the terrasse. The Co(o)rnice is just a few minutes by car from the Dune du Pilat.

Theater and Casino

If you want to finish your day with an artistic program, go ahead to Theater Olympia. This great theater hosts a variety of shows and concerts almost every night. For more details and tickets click here. If you’re staying the night in Arcachon you can also check out the Casino located in the city center.

Where to eat in Arcachon

There’s quite a few restaurants in Arcachon, but you should know where to go in order to avoid tourist traps. A few good places are located right at the market.

Le Bouchon du marché is located in the heart of the market with plenty of tables outside as well. The restaurant serves excellent local food, is open daily and has a great vibe to it. The market is also a good opportunity to taste some of the best oysters in Arcachon. l’Oyster Bar is an excellent spot to taste the local delicacies as well as other seafood. If you want to enjoy a better view, go to Chez Pierre located on the main beach of Arcachon.

You don’t have to stay in the city center for Lunch, there are some nice spots in Le Moulleau as well, among them is Le Jardin with the magnificent terrace and the Royal Moulleau on the riverfront. For desserts head to the center of Moulleau where you can find plenty of great ice cream on every corner.

For special occasions, there are several fine dining places worth mentioning, among them Thierry Renou’s Le Patio on the port of Arcachon. You can also stop for lunch at the Haaitza hotel which has an amazing restaurant, located just a few minutes by car or bicycle from the Dune du Pilat.   

Ha(a)ïtza Arcachon
Ha(a)ïtza Credit: Booking.com

How to get to Arcachon and where to park?

By public transport

The easiest way to get to Arcachon is by train from the Saint-Jean station in Bordeaux. The train leaves every 30 to 60 minutes depending on the hour (with a break of two hours between 9:00 and 11:00). It takes about 50 minutes to get there and if you want to avoid traffic this is how I recommend getting to Arcachon. However, the train tickets aren’t cheap so if you’re more than two people, renting a car is a better option. It’s a local train without seat reservation and tickets can be bought online or at the station. See the hours of the trains here.

By Car

It can take about an hour to get from Bordeaux to Arcachon, depending on traffic. During the summer, the bay is packed with locals and tourists so the traffic can be a bit heavy. If you’re planning to visit only the town of Arcachon and the dune, getting there by train would be the easiest option.

However, if you also want to visit some of the other magical spots on the bay, a car is a more practical way to get around. Except Dune du Pilat mentioned above, there are plenty of other fascinating places you can visit on the way, such as the oyster capital Gujan-Mestras and the Teich bird reserve.    

By air

The Bordeaux airport in Merignac is less than an hour drive from the Bassin d’Arcachon. You can rent a car at the airport and avoid entering the city if you’re planning to go straight to Arcachon. If you want to do everything by public transport, take bus number 1 from the airport to the train station and a train to Arcachon from there, as explained above. There’s also an airport for private jets if you want to make a classy entrance to the bay 😉

Parking

If you’re coming in low season parking is not a big issue. Between October 1st and March 31, you can park in most of the streets of Ville d’hiver which is only a few minutes walk from the city center. However, during the summer, finding free parking is nearly impossible and you should get familiar with some of the parking spaces the city proposes. On July and August, the cheapest way to park in Arcachon is to leave your car at the Parking Relais, and then take their Navette to the city center and other parts of Arcachon. Some other parking places in the city include the Parking du centre ville, Parking de la gare, Parking place de Verdun, Parking place Peyneau and Parking place Carnot.

The main events

Arcachon is a very lively place with plenty of entertaining events. Besides the local small events taking place throughout the year, there are several big ones you should pay attention to when planning your visit.

Andernos Jazz Festival at the end of July – a jazz festival in one my favorite towns on the bay (Andernos les Bains). This place was not mentioned in the article as it’s located a bit far from the city of Arcachon but if you come during the festival I highly recommend going there.

Music O Teich in July – a world music festival with free concerts every night on the port of Teich.

Fêtes de la mer in August – the city celebrates the sea and its maritime traditions. Festival Arcachon en Scéne at the end of July, beginning of August – a big music festival you should check out

Festival Cadences  in September – a dance festival on the beach and at the Olympia theater.

Cabanes en fete in December – another fun event celebrating oysters, taking place in Andernos les Bains.

To be honest, this area is pretty amazing even without any special events but those definitely add to the fun atmosphere of the Bassin d’Arcachon.

That’s it, that’s my first article about the Bassin d’Arcachon.  As someone who lives close by I know that there’s plenty more to do around the bay. However, some of the other towns deserve a separate article, that’s exactly what I intend to do in the future. For now, I hope you’ve enjoyed this list!

If you’re also visiting Bordeaux be sure to check out my post about the best things to do in the city and the best hotels in Bordeaux. Arcachon is not the only day trip you can do from Bordeaux. The area is full of historic villages and beautiful nature. If you want to discover some of them, I invite you to read my article about the best day trips you can do by train from Bordeaux.

Finally, if you are looking for a fun and delicious activity in Bordeaux, check out my food tours in which I’ll take you through a three hours journey in the culinary scene of the Southwest of France.

Need more ideas for things to do in and around Bordeaux? you should definitely join my newsletter where I share a lot of info about the area – sign up here.

Saint-Émilion is one of the most prestigious wine areas in the world. With more than 800 wine producers, an endless landscape of vineyards, and its vicinity to Bordeaux, it became one of the top destinations in the southwest of France. More than a million visitors arrive each year to explore the nine communes of the Saint-Émilion region: Saint-Émilion, Saint-Christophe des Bardes, Saint-Sulpice de Faleyrens, Saint-Hippolyte, Saint-Etienne de Lisse, Saint-Laurent des Combes, Saint-Pey d’Armens, Vignonet and parts of Libourne.

With so much excellent wine and beautiful châteaux, choosing which wineries to visit in Saint-Émilion can be quite a difficult task. The fact that many of the well-known châteaux are only open to professionals in the wine industry doesn’t help either. So to help you build your trip to this amazing wine region, I gathered my list of the best wineries to visit in Saint-Émilion. The list includes wineries having great wine (obviously), beautiful properties and interesting tours. I featured both small family run wineries and bigger châteaux, and if time permits I would recommend combining both in your visit. If you’re planning a day trip to Saint Emilion and want to visit the charming village as well, check out my article about the best things to do and eat in Saint Emilion. The article also includes recommendations for hotels if you plan to spend the night in Saint Emilion.

Just a quick note before we start. If you’re coming to Bordeaux in September, you should know that it’s the grapes harvest season, with events and activities that will allow you to witness one of the most interesting processes in the wine production. To learn more about that go to my article about the harvest season in Bordeaux and Saint Emilion. Also if you’re interested in disccovering other regions of the Bordeaux wine area, check out my article about the Medoc wine route. Now let’s dig in!

Château Coutet

Château Coutet in Saint Emilion
Château Coutet by lost in Bordeaux

This elegant château is located about 20 minutes’ walk from the center of Saint-Émilion. The property has a 400-year history as it has been handed down from generation to generation since at least the early 17th century. Today, the family’s 14th generation lives in the property and runs the winemaking business. One of the things that won me over when I first visited was their amazing garden with its own pond and ducks. Combine that with a glass of wine and you will enjoy an amazing picturesque scenery. It’s particularly great if you’re visiting with kids as they can enjoy the garden while you’re taking the wine tour. The David-Beaulieu family is very welcoming and they guide the tours themselves giving a very personal feel to it.

There are two tours to choose from: The “Tradition” (45 min – 5€) which includes the history of the estate, a visit to the winery and the family cellar, and wine tasting. And the “Prestige” visit (1h30 – 12€), which is for 8 people max, and also includes a tour through the vineyards and an exploration of Coutet’s treasures. The tours have to be scheduled ahead. To book a visit call ++33 (0) 5 57 74 43 21  or ++33 (0) 7 82 22 01 05 or write an email to [email protected] .
Website: http://chateau-coutet.com/en/wine-tour/
Address: Coutet, 33330 Saint-Émilion

Château Bernateau

Château Bernateau in Saint Emilion
Château Bernateau by lost in Bordeaux

Château Bernateau is also a family run winery owned by the 11th generation of the Lavau family. The tour is run by the lovely Karine who is married to one of the sons running the family business. The visit, which lasts around an hour and a half, takes you from the vineyard to the glass. You will see 60 years old vines as well as new ones, visit their beautiful new gravity vat house and then taste wine from different years and styles. It’s a beautiful property with a green and charming garden and a small playground for kids. So if you want to spend some time in the château beyond the tour itself and maybe have a picnic, this place is highly recommended.

They are open daily and offer tours in English and French. The price is 6 euros if you join a group and 10 euros for a private tour. Click here to book a tour online. You can also book a tour by phone (++33 (0) 5 57 40 18 19) or by email: [email protected]
Address: Château Bernateau, 33330 Saint-Étienne-de-Lisse

Château Beaurang

Château Beaurang in Saint Emilion
Château Beaurang – by lost in Bordeaux

The Beaurang winery is located in the southern part of Saint-Émilion, about 5 km from the center. This isn’t a fancy château, but if you’re looking for a warm welcome, a family feel and great wine this is the right place for you. Claude Puyol and his daughter Delphine represent the third and fourth generation in this artisanal wine-making family. They have an interesting history as they are descendants of Spanish immigrants who came to the region in the early 20th century as simple workers and were eventually able to buy the château and start making their own wine.

The visit will teach you quite a lot about the wine in the region and about the life of a winemaker. In a fascinating way, Claude presents both the beauty and the struggles of wine growers including the effect weather has on their business. At the end of the tour, you will taste some of their great wine, which was one of our favorites in Saint-Émilion. The tours are offered every day from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 18:00. They offer the visit for free but require a reservation. You can book a tour by phone (++33 (0) 6 81 56 35 58) or by email: [email protected]
Website: https://www.chateau-beaurang.com/
Address: Château Beaurang, 1, Beaurang, 33330 Saint-Emilion

Château La Croizzille

Chateau La Croizzille in Saint Emilion
Chateau La Croizzille – by lost in Bordeaux

Château la Croizille offers a fascinating journey combining old and new. The modern château stands right next to the traditional Château of Tour Baladoz, owned by the same family. This tour allows you to discover the differences between the traditional techniques and the innovative ones for which Château la Croizille is known for. One of the highlights of this tour is the amazing view from the tasting room overlooking the vineyards from the top.
The basic tour (12€ per person) is offered daily and includes the modern cellars and tastings. You can also get a picnic basket full of local goodies for 35€. Click here to book online. Another option is to book a private tour (35€ per person) by phone (33) 05 57 74 55 86 or by email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.chateaulacroizille.com/en/
Address: lieu-dit Baladoz, 33330 Saint-Laurent des Combes (Saint-Emilion)

Château Guibeau

Chateau Guibeau Saint Emilion
Chateau Guibeau – by lost in Bordeaux

Château Guibeau is a bit far from Saint-Émilion (15 minutes drive) but totally worth the ride. It’s considered a big winery in Saint-Émilion, with 38 hectares on which they produce around 120,000 bottles a year. It’s owned and run by Brigitte and Eric Destouet. Brigitte is the one running the tours and she will easily make you fall in love with their property and bio wine.

The visits to the chateau are possible from Monday to Friday from 10h30 to 12h and from 14h to 18h for only 5€ per person. You can also take the gourmand tour, with a delicious basket to take to a picnic in the garden of the chateau with an amazing view. Book both tours here or by email to [email protected] or by phone: ++33 (0) 5 57 55 22 75. The owners also have a guesthouse on their property so if you’re looking for an immersive experience that includes a stay in a wine chateau, this is a great opportunity. Click here to book a room.
Website: http://www.chateau-guibeau.com/
Address: 51 Guibeau Ouest, 33570 Puisseguin

Château Soutard

Chateau Soutard in saint emilion
Chateau Soutard by lost in Bordeaux

At a mere 10 minutes walk from the center of Saint-Émilion stands the impressive 18th-century Château Soutard. If visiting a beautiful château is high on your list, this is a great option. Since 2006, its owned by La Mondiale company, so it doesn’t have the cozy family feel like many of the other chateaux on this list. But it’s a very popular and highly rated experience. The Château offers plenty of fun activities such as a wine blending workshop, biking in the vineyards, a gourmet picnic and of course, wine tours.
Their basic wine tour (12€ / person) starts at 14h every day from April to October, no reservation is required. It includes a visit to their vineyards and cellars. At the end of the tour, you have the chance to taste their renowned Grand Cru Classé wines. To book any of their activities click here.
Website: http://www.chateau-soutard.com/
Address: Soutard, 33330 Saint-Émilion

Château Cantenac

Château Cantenac in Saint Emilion
Château Cantenac by lost in Bordeaux

Another charming family-run winery is Château Cantenac, built in 1870 on the locality “Cantenac”. The property and its vineyards are located about 3.5 km west of the center of Saint Emilion. Since 1937, the winery is owned by the Roskam-Brunot family, which are now in their 3rd and 4th generations of winemakers. The family is very friendly and their tours are full of knowledge about the winemaking process. The tours are guided by a family member, who is really passionate about the heritage, the wine and the whole process of producing it. The tour ends up with a comparative and educational wine tasting experience.
The winery offers two tours: The one-hour classic tour (10 € / person) and the Prestige tour ( 25 € / person ) which also includes some snacks and more wine. You can visit the château from Monday to Friday (10h30 to 14h) upon reservation. Click here to book the tour directly through their site.
Website: https://www.chateau-cantenac.fr/histoire/la-famille-roskam/
Address: 2 locality Cantenac, 33330 Saint-Emilion

Château de Ferrand

Château  de Ferrand by lost in Bordeaux

Another impressive château on our list is Château de Ferrand, located about 6km from the center of Saint-Émilion. Part of the tour will include the history of the Château that dates back to the 17th century. The wine is a Grand Cru Classé and with its 32-hectare, it’s considered a big winery in the Saint-Émilion wine region. During the tour, you’ll get to visit the vineyard and their big wine cellars. While many of the wineries on this list have a family feeling to them this one is a bit different. It’s much more professional and the wine tasting part is conducted by a professional sommelier that will teach you how to taste wine.
Tour prices range between 17 and 21 euros depending on the number of glasses you’re going to taste. The most expensive tour (21 euros) includes tastings of cheese and charcuterie. Click here to book a visit through their site. You can also book by phone + 33 (0) 5 57 74 47 11 or email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.chateaudeferrand.com/en-gb/home.aspx
Address: Château  de Ferrand, Saint-Hippolyte, 33330 Saint Emilion

Château Villemaurine

Château Villemaurine in Saint Emilion
Château Villemaurine

If you come to Saint-Émilion by train and you really don’t want to leave the village, Château Villemaurine is perfect for you as it’s a short walking distance from the village center. The Château combines tradition, modernity, centuries of history and the refined production of great wines.
Château Villemaurine offers three guided tours. The first one is a group discovery tour (15€ / person) where you get to visit the vineyards and the monolithic cellars which are located underneath the vines of the estate. Second is the Heritage tour (15€ / person ) where you will discover the stunning network of quarries owned by the Château Villemaurine. Last is a private tour (45€ / person) which is personally designed for wine enthusiasts.  All the tours include wine tasting in the end. Click here to book the tour online.
Website: https://www.villemaurine.com/index.php/en/
Address: 23 Villemaurine-Sud, Saint-Émilion

Visiting with kids

tourist train in Saint Emilion
photo by: tourist office Saint Emilion

If you’re visiting Saint-Émilion with kids and you’re afraid that a visit to a winery will bore them, take the train tour. The little train leaves every 45 minutes from Espace Villemaurine (next to the bus parking). It’s a 35 minutes tour (7€ / person) that takes you through the vineyards and the big châteaux of Saint-Émilion. If you wish to combine that with a winery visit, the 11€ tour includes a stop at Chateau Rochebelle and its stunning, beautifully lit monolithic cellars (with wine tastings at the end). The tickets can be bought in the tourist office in Saint-Émilion or online (24 hours in advance).  For all the details and to book a train tour click here.

Now for the more practical part. While some châteaux will welcome spontaneous visitors, most of the wineries require prior reservations. So be sure to book the tours in advance. In addition, unless you’re coming during the summer, some of the châteaux are closed on the weekends, so if you have the chance, try visiting during the week. Lastly, while visiting Saint-Émilion is a beautiful experience any time of the year, there are some months that are less recommended for wine tours. During the winter (from December to March) and especially in January when it gets cold, many wineries are closed for visits. September is one of the most interesting times in the area as it’s the harvest season but take into account that many small châteaux don’t have enough staff to offer tours during that time so make sure to contact the château in advance.

Saint-Émilion is the queen of wine tourism and one article cannot possibly cover all the tours you can take in the area. In this article, I simply wanted to highlight some of the tours I personally enjoyed and to offer a variety of both big and small châteaux to help my readers plan their trip to the area. Hope you liked it 🙂

If you’re also visiting Bordeaux be sure to check out my post about the best things to do in the city and the best hotels in Bordeaux. Saint-Émilion is not the only day trip you can do from Bordeaux. The area is full of historic villages and beautiful nature. If you want to discover some of them, I invite you to read my article about the best day trips you can do by train from Bordeaux.

If you want to learn more about wine (from Bordeaux and other regions) you can also visit the Cite du Vin, the amazing wine museum of Bordeaux. I wrote a whole article about it and you can read it here.

Finally, If you are looking for a fun and delicious activity in Bordeaux, check out my food tours in which I’ll take you through a journey in the culinary scene of the Southwest of France.

Need more ideas for things to do in and around Bordeaux? you should definitely join my newsletter where I share a lot of info about the area – sign up here.

Bordeaux is a very lively city with plenty of restaurants, boutiques and interesting places to visit. So if you want to fully enjoy all this city has to offer, choosing the right hotel or apartment location is crucial. The most vibrant and central neighborhood in Bordeaux is Saint Pierre and if you don’t have a tight budget or other constraints (kids, noise, vicinity to the train station, etc.) it’s a great area to stay in. But you shouldn’t limit yourself to Saint Pierre, there are lots of good neighborhoods in Bordeaux. In this guide, I’ll help you discover the best areas to stay in Bordeaux: lively neighborhoods, hipster districts and the best areas for families visiting the city. I also added a few recommended hotels to some of my district descriptions in case you’re not an Airb&b kind of person 🙂 If you need more recommendations for hotels in the city center, check out my post about the best hotels in Bordeaux for every budget. Let’s dive in!


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Central Areas in Bordeaux

Saint Pierre and Saint Paul – The historic center of Bordeaux

Saint Pierre and Saint Paul districts represent the historic heart of the city. These are the most vibrant and lively areas in Bordeaux, where you stroll by paved narrow streets, charming squares and several famous monuments (the Miroir d’eau, place de la Bourse and others). it’s also the heart of the gastronomic scene in Bordeaux, with plenty of amazing restaurants, cocktail bars and hip cafés. Many are concentrated around the Place Fernand Lafargue, especially on rue Saint James. In Saint Pierre, almost every street has a good restaurant, but the best bars are on rue Parlement Saint Pierre and rue Parlement Sainte Catherine.

The neighborhoods are bounded by the Opera of Bordeaux from the north and rue Victor Hugo from the South. Going east you can enjoy a pleasant stroll on the gorgeous promenade of the Garonne River. The western border of the historic center is marked by rue Sainte Catherine, the longest pedestrian shopping street in Europe hosting all the main retail stores as well as several smaller boutiques.

You can find plenty of Airbnb apartments in this area but they will usually be more expensive. Also, you should know that some of the streets can be a bit noisy at night.
There are lots of little hotels in this touristy area. If you’re looking for something very simple but with good value for money I recommend staying at Hôtel Acanthe. Another good option is the Quality hotel, which is a very nice 3- star hotel.
You can see more recommendations for hotels in the Saint Pierre district in my post about the best places to stay in Bordeaux.  

Pey Berland and Meriadeck – the administrative district of Bordeaux

Bordering the historic center is the Pey Berland neighborhood, home to the main Cathedral of Bordeaux, Saint André and the city hall (Hotel du Ville). This is one of Bordeaux’s central neighborhoods located within a walking distance from all the main monuments in Bordeaux. Pey Berland is also known as the museum district of Bordeaux with several good museums worth visiting: Musée des Beaux-Arts, Musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design and the Musée d’Aquitaine (a regional history museum).

Musee des beaux arts in Bordeaux
Musee des beaux arts in Bordeaux

This district is also a hub for the new wave of hip quality cafés emerging around Bordeaux such as SIP, The Blacklist, l’Alchimiste and Gusco. If Sainte Catherine left you hungry for more shopping, this district will not disappoint you. Plenty of clothing boutiques and art galleries are located between the town hall, place Gambetta and Cours de l’independance. On rainy days, you can also visit the Mériadeck, the only shopping mall in the center of Bordeaux. If you’re looking for accommodation in this area but still want to feel the historic vibe of Bordeaux, try choosing a place to the east side of Cours d’Albret.

In this district, you can find the coolest hotel in town  – the Mama Shelter. Stylish rooms, a good restaurant and a super chic rooftop bar with the best view of Bordeaux. What more do you need? If you’re traveling with kids, Novotel can be a good option for you. It’s located within 10 minutes walk from the center of Bordeaux and they offer big rooms that will fit your whole family.

Quinconces and Triangle d’Or – The fancy area of Bordeaux

Opera of Bordeaux
The Opera of Bordeaux

To the north of the historic center, we find the Triangle d’Or district, where the architecture mostly dates back to the 18th century. You’ll immediately notice the contrast in scenery coming from the narrow paved streets of old Bordeaux to the wide boulevards and elegant facades of the Triangle d’Or. This is the fancy part of Bordeaux, abundant with luxury boutiques and some of the best chocolatiers in Bordeaux.

The neighborhood also borders Jardin Public, the biggest park in the center of Bordeaux, making it a very kid-friendly area. Triangle d’Or is also the home of the Opera of Bordeaux as well as the Esplanade des Quinconces, one of the biggest squares in France. Several times a year, different fairs take place at the square or on the Allée de Tourney. Among them are the Christmas market, the big brocante (flea and antique market) of Bordeaux and an amusement park. In my blog I cover all the main events taking place in the city during the year, so for more updates follow my monthly and weekly lists.

This district is home to the more fancy and prestigious hotels. Hôtel de Sèze is a beautiful 4-star hotel that also has a Spa. Another option would be the very popular Le Boutique Hotel. They have a few very chic rooms and a great bar where they offer wine tastings (you can read more about it here).

Chartrons – the posh area of Bordeaux

Chartrons in Bordeaux
The Chartrons district in Bordeaux

The Chartrons district, neighboring esplanade des Quinconces, starts the northern part of Bordeaux. It’s quite a big district but the more interesting part of it lies next to the riverfront and around the long rue Notre Dame, one of the poshest streets in Bordeaux. This central street and the little ones surrounding it are full of excellent restaurants, trendy boutiques and antique shops.

The Chartrons riverfront is characterized by warehouses once used by foreign merchants to age and store wine. It gives the neighborhood a vibe different than the rest of the city. Also, every Sunday a big market takes place on Quai des Chartrons, gathering many tourists and locals from all parts of the city. So even if you don’t stay there, don’t miss this charming neighborhood.

In the Chartrons district, you can stay at Casa Blanca, a very cozy and stylish B&B with a yummy breakfast. It’s located just a few minutes walk from the main square of this chic neighborhood and is also super close to the main park of Bordeaux, Jardin Public. 

Saint Michel, Saint Croix and Victoire  – the Cosmopolitan areas of Bordeaux

Saint Michel in Bordeaux
Saint Michel in Bordeaux

If you’re looking to lower your budget or change the scenery from classic Bordeaux, the southern districts of the city are a great option. Saint Michel, Saint Croix and Victoire are the cosmopolitan districts of the city. A very mixed population lives in these neighborhoods, you could find international students, artists and immigrant merchant families. The area has a lively culinary scene, from the main market of Bordeaux to local bars and cute little restaurants. If you’re a foodie, check out my food tours in the main market of Bordeaux.
Although it’s only a few minutes walk from the city center, apartments in this area are considerably cheaper than the neighboring Saint Paul district.

The best known hotel in this district is Maison Fredon, a little boutique hotel located in a beautifully renovated 18th-century house. There are only five rooms in this hotel, all uniquely designed to combine modern decor with the classic style of a bourgeois bordelaise house.

Click here to read more about things to do in Saint Michel.

Jardin Public and Saint Seurin – the quiet and green area of Bordeaux

Jardin Public and Saint Seurin are two residential neighborhoods, located quite close to the city center. If you’re planning a trip to Bordeaux with kids, these neighborhoods are perfect as they are calm and close to the main park of Bordeaux, Jardin Public. They are within a short walking distance from the Opera of Bordeaux and some of the best restaurants in the city so you won’t feel isolated.

If you decide to stay in this area, Villa Victor Louis is your place. A charming boutique hotel with beautiful decor and a nice little garden which is just perfect to spend your summer days.

The more distant neighborhoods in Bordeaux

Bordeaux is not a big city and you can easily reach the center from several other more distant districts. So if the center of Bordeaux is a bit out of your budget, consider some of the following areas. Another advice is to look for something on one of the tramlines as those are very regular, as opposed to buses in Bordeaux. Here is the map of the tramline in Bordeaux, to make it easier for you to do your search.

Bastide – the other side of the river

LES CHANTIERS DE LA GARONNE
The hip area of Bordeaux

While most of the historic monuments are located on the west side (rive gauche) of the Garonne, rive droite has its own charm and can be a good place to stay in Bordeaux. By crossing the central bridge of Bordeaux (Pont Pierre) you arrive at the Bastide neighborhood. Until quite recently it was a sleepy residential neighborhood but in the last decade, it transformed into a hip area where many locals love to spend their weekends.

This district is especially charming from May to October when you can enjoy all its green areas and all the summer bars and restaurants on the riverfront which are then open for the summer season. Bastide is still much cheaper then the center of Bordeaux and can be a great option if you’re on a budget. However, to still feel like you’re close to the city center, search for a hotel or apartment close to Tram A. This line will take you through Pont Pierre to Hotel du Ville in just a few minutes ride.

There is a new cool eco-friendly hotel in this neighborhood, named Eklo. It has a very young design and it’s located just next to Darwin. However, I would mainly recommend it to young travelers or families with kids who want to sleep in the same eco-friendly room 🙂

Bacalan – The grungy area of Bordeaux

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The grungy part of Bordeaux

Neighboring Chartrons from the north is the Bacalan district, located about 30 minutes walk from the center of Bordeaux. They are a far not only in their geographical distance but also in their landscape. The Bacalan neighborhood is built around the port of Bordeaux and has a very grungy look to it as opposed to the classic city center. In recent years, the city of Bordeaux has been transforming this neighborhood into one of the most interesting areas in the city. Apart from the magnificent Cité du Vin, it also houses some of the best music venues and has a thriving street art scene. If you chose to stay in this area, be sure to stay in the Southern part (close to the Chartrons district) and as close as possible to the tramline (Tram B) that will take you to the city center in a few minutes.

The best option in Bacalan, in my opinion, is the Seeko’o Hotel which has a very urban and cool design to it. It’s located just next to the riverfront and within a few minutes walk from the big wine museum of Bordeaux. Another great option is the Radisson Blu hotel which is located on the Bassin a Flot and has one of the best rooftop bars in town.

If you want to learn more about things to do in the Bacalan neighborhood, click here.

Gare Saint Jean – next to the train station

Saint-Jean isn’t one of the best neighborhoods to stay in Bordeaux and in some parts can be a bit shady. However, if you need to catch a train early in the morning staying there can be quite practical. And it’s also much more affordable than the center of Bordeaux, which you can easily reach with the Tram Line C. There are some nice hotels on the way from the train station to the riverfront (the quai) and, generally speaking, this is the nicer part around Gare Saint-Jean. Also, Quai des Paludate is home to some of Bordeaux’s night clubs and to the new Boca food market. Gradually and with a lot of investment from the city of Bordeaux, this area is becoming more popular and the stay can indeed be quite nice.

Hôtel Mercure is a good option if you want to stay next to the train station. It’s not very new but the rooms are comfortable and clean. If you’re looking for something fancier, the Hilton Garden Inn hotel is also within a few minutes walk from the station. It is however located a bit further from the city center so take that into consideration.

Saint Agustin

One of the most family friendly neighborhoods in Bordeaux is Saint Augustin. It’s a small quiet neighborhood, located about 20 min (by tram) from the city center and a walking distance from two beautiful parks in Bordeaux, Parc bourran and Parc Bordelais. The neighborhood has a little center with a few restaurants and a weekly market.

Saint Genes and Nansouty

South to the center, you can find Saint Genes and Nansouty. These are two quiet neighborhoods bordering Place de la Victoire from the South. There isn’t much to do here but it’s only about a 15 minutes walk from the center and it’s conveniently placed on the tram line B that takes you to all the main spots  in Bordeaux.

Bordeaux Lac

The Bordeaux Lac district is located in the north, quite far from the center of Bordeaux. Apart from cheaper rates, its main advantage is being close to the parc des expositions, where many of Bordeaux’s fairs and salons take place. So if you come to Bordeaux for a conference this will be a good option for you. Also, if the shopping in the city center was not enough, Bordeaux Lac has one of the biggest shopping centers in the region.

As its name suggests, the neighborhood has a big lake with a popular beach that is open to the public during the summer. You can reach the exhibition park, the shopping center and the beach by line C from the center of Bordeaux.  

I hope this article covers everything you need to know about the different neighborhoods you can stay in when visiting Bordeaux. If you need more specific recommendations, check out my post about the best hotels in the city center.

If it’s your first time visiting Bordeaux, here are a few other articles you’ll find useful:
Things to do in Bordeaux, France – the ultimate guide
10 day trips from Bordeaux by train
30 things to do in Bordeaux with kids

If you’re moving to Bordeaux, be sure to check out the Bordeaux Expats website which is full of valuable knowledge for newcomers.  

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You can say summer is here just by looking at the list of events this June in Bordeaux! There are so many things to do this month that it was truly hard to choose only 20. Luckily, I have my weekend lists to fill with all the other great events that are not on this list. So what do we have in June 2019? Bordeaux will celebrate the Garonne and international music day. We also have the open doors weekend in Cadillac, the geek festival, a food festival and plenty of music events and festivals. So think outdoor, sunny and fun!

Here’s the list of the best 20 things to do in Bordeaux in June 2019.

Bordeaux fête le fleuve

Bordeaux fête le fleuve is one of the most beautiful and entertaining events the city has to offer. During a long weekend (June 20-23), Bordeaux will celebrate the Garonne River with plenty of festive activities and big beautiful vessels docking on the banks. The program includes a big concert every night, water activities, a visit to big impressive boats, gastronomic pavilions, art exhibitions, a white wine festival, fireworks on the river and more. The entrance is free but if you want to enjoy some of Bordeaux’s wine as well, you can get a pass here. For more details and the full program click here. It takes place only once in two years so if you’re here this June, don’t miss it!

When: June 20-23 / Where: The banks of the Garonne

Les Epicuriales

This foodie event taking place on June 13-23 has become an early summer Bordelaise tradition. For 11 days les Epicuriales festival transforms Allées de Tourny (next to the Opera) to a gastronomic heaven with about twenty restaurants set up especially for the event. The highlight of the event is ”Les Étoiles d’Épicure”, a restaurant that will host a different Michelin star chef every evening. The website is still in construction, but you can see more details on their facebook page.

When:  June 13-23 / Where: Allées de Tourny 33000 Bordeaux

Fête de la Morue

For more than two centuries, Bègles has been an important center of Morue (codfish) in France. Since 1996, this suburb of Bordeaux celebrates the Morue every year with la Fête de la Morue, a popular culinary and culture festival that gives a stage to young artists. This year the festival will take place on June14-16, and as always it comes with a rich program of concerts, cooking workshops, exhibitions, tastings, conferences and more. For more details follow the facebook page of the event or check out the program.

When: June 14-16 / Where: Different locations in Bègles (see program).

Fête de la musique

The Fête de la musique is a French national day, dedicated to the celebration of music, with free concerts and street parties happening on this day (June21) all over France. This is an extraordinary day where you get to walk around the city and enjoy an endless variety of small and big concerts from any genre of music. Like every other city in France, Bordeaux too will celebrate La Fête de la musique with its own street concerts and activities. Follow lost in Bordeaux for more information about specific concerts, which will be published in June.

When:  June 21 / Where: All over the city of Bordeaux

Saint Emilion celebrates 20 years in Unesco

In 1999, Saint Emilion was the first vineyard to enter the UNESCO  world heritage list. This year, to marks the 20th anniversary of this nomination, Saint Emilion invites you to a weekend full of fun events in the village and the châteaux around it. The program includes concerts, markets, guided tours, open doors at the wineries and more. For more details click here and for the full program here. The event will take place on June 28-30.

If you’re wondering which wineries you should visit while there, check out my recent post about the best châteaux to visit in Saint Emilion.

When: June 28-30 / Where: Saint Emilion

Bordeaux Food-truck Festival

This is the biggest gathering of food trucks in the region of Nouvelle Aquitaine. Tens of different food trucks will be spread around the Gironde department in five events that will take place between June and September. This festival aims to mix street food with the finesse of the wine world. As part of this gastronomic event, visitors can taste the wines of the hosting châteaux and the specialties of food coming from all corners of the world: French, Italian, Brazilian and many more. The program of the festival also includes free concerts, exhibitions, escape games, activities for kids and more. The first food-truck weekend will take place on June 1-2 in Château de Portets in Graves. To purchase tickets for the different events in the Château click here. See all the details about the five weekends of the Bordeaux food truck festival here.

When: June 1-2 / Where:  Rue de Mongenan, 33640 Portets

Salon de l’agriculture of Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Salon de l’agriculture of Nouvelle Aquitaine is an annual ten-day event where you get to discover the agricultural richness of our area through different activities. For example, a farm area with many animals and plants will be put in place, offering interesting activities for both kids and adults. Another feature that may attract you is the Gastronomy and Wine space, which will highlight the exceptional heritage of the region. The Salon de l’agriculture is part of a larger event taking place at the same time (Foire Internationale de Bordeaux) and will take place on June 1-10 in Parc des Expositions. For more info check out the website, for tickets click here.

When: June 1-10 / Where: Parc des Expositions, Cours Jules Ladoumegue, 33300 Bordeaux

ODP Music Festival in Peixotto

This is the fifth edition of the ODP Festival, whose objective is to raise funds for the orphans of firefighters that have died on duty. The festival will take place on June 6-9 at Peixotto Park in the center of Talence. That’s one of the best music festivals in Bordeaux metropole and always has a great lineup. For more details and tickets go to the festival’s website and their facebook page.

When: June 8-9 / Where: Parc du Château Peixotto, 33400 Talence

Take your picnic to the Vineyard

Wine related activities and picnics are two favorite French pastimes, so why not combine them? Usually, the vines, owned by the different chateaux can only be visited as part of a guided tour in the chateau. However this month you have an opportunity to bring your picnic basket and spend a great day with your family and friends in the vineyards. The principle is quite simple: You bring your own picnic and the chateau will provide the wine and entertainment. Around 400 different wine domains from all over France are participating in the event taking place during the long weekend of June 8-10. More than 1000 activities will be proposed to families by the participating chateaux, they will reflect the specialties of the chateaux and the area, among them: art workshops, concerts, bike tours and more. There are 18 participating Chateaux in the Bordeaux area  See the list here. To find a chateau in other areas in France click HERE. The places are limited so I recommend reserving a spot as soon as possible!

When: June 8-10 / Where: Different châteaux around Bordeaux and France

Bordeaux Geek Festival

Comics, science fiction, video games, parallel worlds, creative industries – you’ll find all of these at the next Bordeaux Geek festival (BGF), taking place June 8-10 at Parc des Expositions. The goal of this festival is to experience geek culture and share knowledge on topics that are at the heart of the Geek community. The BGF brings together different players from these industries, among them: video artists, gamers, illustrators, designers, scientists, authors, comedians and more. For more details and tickets click here.

When: June 8-10 / Where: Hall 3 and 1 – Parc des Expositions, 33000 Bordeaux

Open doors at the chateaux of Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux

If you just missed the Open doors in Saint Emilion, you can make up for it with another wine area in the Bordeaux region: Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux. An open doors weekend will take place on June 8-9, with 45 different chateaux hosting you for wine tastings and other activities. For the full list of chateaux click here.

When: June  8-9 / Where: different locations around Cadillac (see program)

So Good Fest

The So Good Fest is an electronic music festival of the Gironde department that takes place every year at Plaine du Courneau in Canéjan. The 8th edition of the festival will take place on June 7-8 and will include a two-day lineup of French and international artists in the Electro, Dub and Techno music. For more details and tickets check out the site of the festival.

When:  June 7-8 / Where: Plaine du Courneau in Canéjan

The Medieval Festival of South Gironde

The Medieval Festival of Gironde will take place on June 15-16 in the Cabiros forest in Landiras (about 40 min. south of Bordeaux). This unique site, at the heart of the forest, creates a perfect medieval times atmosphere for this unique festival. The medieval village, the costumes and the sword fighting are only part of the activities that will help you discover the history and habits of those ancient times. Don’t miss the free fire show that will be offered on Saturday night! For more info check out the website of the festival.

When: June 15-16 / Where: Landiras, 33720

Echo a Venir –electronic music festival

Echo a Venir is a big visual art and electronic music festival that will take place on June 24-26 on the riverfront. The program of the festival includes a lineup of Djs, audiovisual performances, digital workshops and more. Check out the facebook page of the festival for more info. To see the full program click here.

When: June 24-26 / Where: Placette de Munich (quais de Bordeaux)

Festival Garorock

One of the biggest music festivals in our region is about to take place on June 27-30  in Marmande (about an hour drive from Bordeaux). Garorock is an in international festival with 5 big stages that will host more than 50 French and international artists. For more info and tickets click here.

When:  June 27-30 / Where: Plaine de la Filhole, 47200 Marmande

If you want to discover other festivals taking place in the region, check out my post about the best music festivals around Bordeaux.

Trajectoires

Trajectoires is a unique cultural event where talented students of music, theater and choreography will perform their works of art to pass their diploma. Around 50 different performances of theater, comedy, dance and music will be put on stage in different locations in Bordeaux. Take a look at the full list of performances and details about all the events here.

When: from May 11 to June 23 / Where: different locations around Bordeaux (see program)

Nuits Atypiques Festival

This multidisciplinary festival in south Gironde has been taking place every summer since 1992.  From June 1 to July 21, 22 events will take places in 12 towns in the Gironde department. The program includes a variety of activities such as concerts, theater, films, debates, tours to discover the towns and more. Check out the full program here and info about the locations here.

When:  July 1- July 21 / Where: South Gironde- check out the exact location of every event in the program.

Last chance to see the Interactive special effects exhibition

Do you ever wonder how the special effects you see in movies are made? If you do then you should check out the “Effets speciaux” exhibition taking place these days in Cap Sciences. It’s an interactive exhibition that allows you to see the behind the scenes of the cinema world and experiment with different special effects like the green screen. Entry prices range from 6.5€ to 9€ and free for kids under 5 years old. For more info click here.

When: until June 10 / Where: Hangar 20 quai Bacalan, 33000 Bordeaux

Instincts – an exhibition of Mika

Another exciting exhibition is about to take place at the Institut Bernard Magrez, a place dedicated to street art. Starting May 28, an exhibition of Mika, one of Bordeaux’s most prominent street artists will be presented at the museum. If you live in Bordeaux, you’re most definitely familiar with the works of this brilliant artist as you can spot them in different places around the city. The vernissage of the exhibition will take place on May 28, for tickets click here.  

color street expo
When: from May 28 to September 1st  / Where: 16 rue de Tivoli, Bordeaux

Dance at la guingette chez Alriq

La Guinguette chez Alriq is a tavern at the Bastide neighborhood, on the rive droite of the Garonne. During the summer the place is full with locals who escape the more touristy rive gauche and come to enjoy live concerts on the river bank. The Guinguette is open from Thursday to Sunday. For the concerts program of June click here.

When: all summer / Where: ZA Quai des Queyries, Port Bastide, 33100 Bordeaux

So as I told you earlier, Bordeaux in June is pretty amazing! Be sure to follow Lost in Bordeaux on facebook / Instagram for more updates about events taking place this month. Or better yet, join my newsletter where I share a lot of exclusive info about Bordeaux and the region – sign up here..

If you’re visiting Bordeaux for the first time, be sure to check up my ultimate guide to Bordeaux, that will get you familiar with all the “must” places to visits in Bordeaux. To help you to choose a hotel in Bordeaux I’ve gathered a list of the best hotels in the center of Bordeaux as well as a guide to the districts of Bordeaux to help you choose your preferred location. Also, if you have more days to spend in our beautiful region, check out my article about the best day trips from Bordeaux.

See you in town!

This is a long weekend for many of us with four full days to enjoy the great events taking place in the region!  This time, some of the more interesting stuff takes place outside the city, so the long weekend could be a good excuse to wander beyond the walls of Bordeaux. This week we have the first Bordeaux food truck festival of 2019, the big agricultural fair, a Jazz festival in the north of Medoc, a new cool exhibition and more. Here’s the list of things to do this long weekend in and around Bordeaux (May 30 – June 2).

If you want to know what else is happening this June in Bordeaux, it’s your lucky day! Check out my guide to all the greatest events taking place in Bordeaux in June

Bordeaux Food-truck Festival

This is the biggest gathering of food trucks in the region of Nouvelle Aquitaine. Tens of different food trucks will spread around the Gironde department in five events taking place between June and September. This festival aims to mix street food with the finesse of the wine world. As part of this gastronomic event, visitors can taste the wines of the hosting châteaux and the specialties of food coming from all corners of the world: French, Italian, Brazilian and many more. The program of the festival also includes free concerts, exhibitions, escape games, activities for kids and more. The first food-truck weekend will take place on June 1-2 in Château de Portets in Graves. To purchase tickets for the different events in the Château click here. See all the details about the five weekends of the Bordeaux food truck festival here.

When: June 1-2 / Where:  Rue de Mongenan, 33640 Portets

Salon de l’agriculture of Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Salon de l’agriculture of Nouvelle Aquitaine is an annual ten-day event where you get to discover the agricultural richness of our area through different activities. A farm area with many animals and plants will be put in place, offering interesting activities for both kids and adults. Another attraction is the Gastronomy and Wine space, highlighting the exceptional heritage of the region. The Salon de l’agriculture is part of a larger event taking place at the same time (Foire Internationale de Bordeaux) and will take place on June 1-10 in Parc des Expositions. For more info check out the website, for tickets click here.

When: June 1-10 / Where: Parc des Expositions, Cours Jules Ladoumegue, 33300 Bordeaux

Millesime festival

This is a great event for all electronic music lovers who want to enjoy the unique atmosphere of an electronic music festival and still stay in the region of Bordeaux. Festival Millesime takes place in a beautiful town, La Réole, located about 40 minutes drive from Bordeaux. The festival hosts more than 30 electronic artists on three stages located on the banks of the Garonne river. The festival will take place this weekend (May 31- June 1) – click here for more details.

When: May 31 – June 1 / Where: Lieu-dit Mijema, 33190 La Réole

Biotope Festival in Saint Emilion

This weekend (May 29- June 1) the Biotop festival will take place all over the Saint Emilion area. The main goal of this festival is to raise awareness of the preservation and protection of the environment and the heritage of wine. This year the theme of the festival is “ The Power of plants”.  The program includes plenty of conferences, workshops, concerts, shows for kids, discovery walks and more. For the full program click here.  To purchase tickets to different events in the festival click here.

best wineries in Saint Emilion
When: May 29 –  June 1 / Where: all over Saint Emilion

Village du Mexique et de l’Amérique latine

This week we have the Latin America and the Caribians week in Bordeaux. One of the main events, the Mexican village, takes place this weekend (May 31 – June 1) at Placette de Munich.  You are invited to take part in two happy days of concerts, dance classes, pinatas workshops for kids, tastings of Mexican food and more. For more details click here.

When: May 31 –  June 1 / Where: Placette de Munich, Bordeaux

Festival Vagabonde Art&Ocean 2019

Vagabonde is a festival that celebrates the link between art and the ocean. Check out the full program, including the concerts and exhibition, here. The festival will take place this weekend (May 30 to June 2) at Cour Malby.

When: May 30 –  June 2 / Where: 3 rue Mably, 33000 Bordeaux

La Fermesse

Les P’tits Gratteurs is a local association that organizes activities in the St. Michel and St. Croix neighborhoods. This Sunday (June 2) they invite you to the Fermesse event that will take place at Square Dom Bedos. This fun afternoon will include a mobile farm with animals, creative workshops for kids, a games space for families, a plants market and more. The event will end with a musical show that will start at 17:00. For more details click here.

When: June 2, from 14:00 to 19:00 / Where: rue Jacques d’Welles, 33800 Bordeaux

Soulac 1900

If you want to travel a bit this weekend, this little festival is just for you. The Soulac 1900 jazz festival will take place this weekend (May 31 – June 2) in the charming town of Soulac sur Mer located in the north part of the Medoc area. The idea of the festival is to get you into the vibe, art and culture of the 1900s. All the events and concerts will take place on the streets of the town and the access is free. For more details click here.

When: May 31 –  June 2 / Where: 1 rue Foch, 33780 Soulac-sur-Mer

Relache Festival

Relache Festival, created by the Allez les filles association, is a series of free concerts taking place at different venues and dates during the summer. The next event will take place this Thursday (May 30) at Square Dom Bedos. For the lineup and more details click here.

When:  May 30, at 18:30 / Where: Rue Jacques d’Welles, 33800 Bordeaux

Trajectoires

Trajectoires is a unique cultural event where talented students of music, theater and choreography will perform their works of art to pass their diploma. Around 50 different performances of theater, comedy, dance and music will be put on stage in different locations in Bordeaux. This weekend (May 31 – June 1) the event Musica da Camera will take place at the L’Atelier du Conservatoire with a program that includes the students of the Conservatoire of Bordeaux. Take a look at the full list of performances and details about all the events here.

When: May 31- June 1 / Where: Conservatoire de Bordeaux, 22 quai Sainte Croix, Bordeaux

Nuits Atypiques Festival

This multidisciplinary festival in south Gironde has been taking place every summer since 1992.  From June 1 to July 21, 22 events will take places in 12 towns in the Gironde department. The program includes a variety of activities such as concerts, theater, films, debates, tours to discover the towns and more. Check out the full program here and info about the locations here.

When:  July 1- July 21 / Where: South Gironde – check out the exact location of every event in the program.

Free museums Sunday

Like in most cities in France, the first Sunday of the month is a free museums day. You have a free entrance to all the public museums and to most exhibitions. Check out the full list of museums in Bordeaux that you can visit for free this Sunday.

Instincts – an exhibition of Mika

Another exciting exhibition is taking place at the Institut Bernard Magrez, a place dedicated to street art. This week a vernissage of the Instincts exhibition by Mika, one of Bordeaux’s most prominent street artists, took place at the museum.  The exhibition will be presented until September 1st. For more details click here.  

color street expo
When:  May 28 – September 2 / Where: 16 Rue de Tivoli, 33000 Bordeaux

Last chance to see the Interactive special effects exhibition

Do you ever wonder how the special effects you see in movies are made? If you do then you should check out the “Effets speciaux” exhibition taking place these days in Cap Sciences. It’s an interactive exhibition that allows you to see the behind the scenes of the cinema world and experiment with different special effects like the green screen. Entry prices range from 6.5€ to 9€ and free for kids under 5 years old. For more info click here.

When: until June 10 / Where: Hangar 20 quai Bacalan, 33000 Bordeaux

If you’re visiting Bordeaux for the first time, be sure to check out my ultimate guide to Bordeaux to get familiar with all the “must see” places in Bordeaux. To help you to choose a hotel in Bordeaux I’ve gathered a list of the best hotels in the center of Bordeaux as well as a guide to the districts of Bordeaux to help you find your preferred location.

If you have more days to spend in our beautiful region, check out my article about the best day trips from Bordeaux. If you want to have a super foodie experience, check out the Lost in Bordeaux food tours 🙂

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Have a great long weekend!

This weekend the events are really varied so everyone can easily find something they like. We have a dance and circus festival, a climate change mega concert, a comics festival, a rosé party and more. If you’re heading to Arcachon this weekend, check out my latest post about things to do and eat in Arcachon. Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (May 24-26).

Festival Echappée Belle in Blanquefort

The Echappée Belle festival is a great entertaining event for the whole family, merging theater, dance, circus and other forms of art. The festival will take place from May 23-26 in Blanquefort, starting in Parc Majolan and continuing for the weekend in Parc de Fongravey.  See the full program here.

When: May 23-26 / Where: Different locations in Blanquefort (see the program)

WISFEST – Climate change festival

Wisfest is a climate change event that will take place this weekend (May 24-25) in the center of Bordeaux. The event includes plenty of debates on the most burning topics related to environmental and climate change. The climax of the event is the mega concert that will take place Friday night (May 24) at Place des Quinconces, with an incredible lineup of artists such as Mika, Tom Walker and more. You can see more details here and purchase tickets here.

When: May 24-25 / Where: Place des Quinconces, 33000 Bordeaux

Grand Crus Weekend

One of the most anticipated events in Bordeaux’s wine world is the Grand Crus Weekend that will take place on May 24-26. This event, organized by the Union des Grands Crus (the regional wine classification), aims to create an international meeting of wine lovers. The highlights of this weekend will include tasting wines from over 110 Grand Crus and meeting different chateaux owners as part of pre-organized dinners in the châteaux. Read more about the event and the full program here.

When: May 24-26 / Where: many locations in Gironde, see the program

Le Mai talençais

A super fun and free event for kids will take place this weekend (May 25-26) in park Peixotto in Talence. The program includes concerts, a creators market, activities for kids and fireworks on Saturday night. For more details click here.

When: May 25-26 / Where: Parc de Peixotto, 33400 Talence

Festival de la BD in La Teste de Buch

Festival de la BD, a comics fair, will take place this weekend (May 25-26) in La Teste de Buch at the Bassin d’Arcachon. The event will host about 40 professionals from the illustration world. Among them cartoonists, writers and colorists. For more details click here.

When: May 25-26 / Where: 18 Rue du 14 Juillet, 33260 La Teste-de-Buch

Sous les pavés la vigne

Sous les pavés la vigne is a natural wine fair taking place this weekend (May 25-26) at Le Garage Moderne. More than 50 producers of wine, beer and other spirits will present their organic products during the two-day event. For the full program of the event click here.

When: May 25-26 / Where: 1 rue des Etrangers, 33300 Bordeaux

Les Cogitations

Les Cogitations is a mocking art festival taking place in the L’entrepot in Lehaillan on May 22-25. Check out the full list of the performers here.

When: May 22-25 / Where: 13 rue Georges Clémenceau – Le Haillan

Le grand Apérosé

This Saturday (May 25), Les Vivres de l’Art will host a fun Apérosé event. Rosé and music in one of the coolest places in Bordeaux, what more do you need on a weekend? For more details click here.

Les Vivres de l'Art Bordeaux
Les Vivres de l’Art by Lost in Bordeaux
When: May 25, from 12:00 to 20:00 / Where: 4 rue Achard, 33300 Bordeaux, France

Festival Escape Game et Imaginaire

An escape game festival will take place this weekend (May 25-26) in the charming village of Saint Macaire. Tens of different activities such as escape games, workshops and parties will take place in the first edition of the festival. For more info click here.

When: May 25 – 26 / Where: the center of Saint Macaire

Marché de créateurs et producteurs

Especially for the French mothers’ day, a creators market will take place this Saturday (May 25) in Parc du Castel in Floriac. For more details click here.

When: May 25 / Where: Parc du Castel 33270 Floirac

Caravansérail

Caravansérail is a design event that brings together creators and craftsmen from all over the world. Among the stands, you’ll find home decoration, candles, bags, jewelry and more.  The sale takes place on May 22-26 at Chineurs du monde, the brocante shop in the Saint Michel neighborhood. For more details click here.

When: May 22-26 / Where: Boutique Chineurs du Monde, 75 Rue Camille Sauvageau, Bordeaux

Foire de Printemps in Noaillan

A fair of gastronomy and crafts will take place this Sunday (May 26) in Noaillan. The event will also include a big vide grenier. For more details click here.

When: May 26 / Where: Lieu-dit Antonion, 33730 Noaillan

PIK NIK ZIK – free concerts

Pik Nik Zik is a series of free concerts organized by the Les P’tits Gratteurs association, that will take place every last Sunday of the Month from April to August. This week the event will take place on Sunday (May 26) at the Quai des sports Saint-Michel. For more details click here.

When: May 26, starting 17:00 / Where: Quai des sports Saint-Michel, Bordeaux

Quatre Tendances – Dance show

Quatre tendances is a collaboration between several ballets groups and choreographers. Like every two years, Quatre tendances will take the stage for several nights to perform a number of contemporary choreographies. This year the national ballet of Bordeaux will collaborate with Ballet Preljocaj – CCN d’Aix-en-Provence, le Malandain Ballet Biarritz and le CCN-Ballet de l’Opéra National du Rhin. Four choreographies will be performed during nine shows, taking place on May 22-31. For more details and tickets click here.

When: May 22-31 / Where: Grand Théâtre, place de la Comédie, 33000 BORDEAUX

Jazz concert

The Thelonious Jazz bar in Chartrons will host two Jazz nights this Friday and Saturday (May 24-25). Check out their program here.

When: May 24-25 / Where: 18 rue Bourbon, Bordeaux

Le M.U.R de Bordeaux Performance

A-MO is the Bordelaise artist whose work will decorate the M.U.R de Bordeaux. You can meet him and see him perform his art on the wall this Friday (May 24). For more info check out the facebook page of the event.

When: May 24, at 18:00 / Where: place Paul et Jean-Paul Avisseau 33300 Bordeaux

Noche Del Pintxo

Noche del Pintxo is a fun event taking place in Halles de Talence once a month. As the name indicates, this event is all about Pintxos, with ingredients coming solely from the market. The event will take place this Friday (May 24). For more info check out the facebook page of the event.

When: May 24  18:30- 22:30 / Where: Place Alcala de Henares, 33400 Talence

Mama’s Brunch

Another fun event this Sunday is Mama’s Brunch. Mama Shelter invites you to its big buffet brunch which is a bit pricey (39 euros per person) but it includes almost four hours of activities and artistic workshops for kids, so it’s like brunch with a babysitter :). For more details and the menu click here.

When: May 26 / Where: 19, rue Poquelin Moliere, 33000 Bordeaux

Swing on the streets

Swing In Kiosque is a series of improvised dance events that are taking place in Jardin Public once a month. This weekend the event will take place on May 26. Take a look at the full program of events on their facebook page.

When: May 26 at 15:00 / Where: Jardin Public

Journées Portes & Bouteilles Ouvertes

An open doors event will take place this weekend (May 25-26) at Château de Bel located on the board of the Dordogne river. For more details click here.  

When: May 25-26 / Where: Château De Bel, 1 Malbâtit, 33500 Arveyres

The Big Plants Sale

A big plants sale will take place this weekend (May 24-26) on Quai des Marques Bordeaux. The prices are guaranteed to be quite low (from 2€ to 10€) so it’s a good opportunity to fill your house with summer plants. For more details follow the facebook page of the event.

When: May 24-24 / Where: Hangar 15 à 19 – Quai des Chartrons, 33000 Bordeaux

That’s all for this weekend! If you want to leave Bordeaux for the weekend check out my posts about the best day trips from Bordeaux and the best chateaux to visit in Saint Emilion. If you want to have a super foodie experience, check out the Lost in Bordeaux food tours 🙂

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If you want to know what other events are taking place next month in the city, check out my post about the best things to do in June in Bordeaux.

Have a great weekend!

It’s going to be quite a rainy weekend but luckily one of the main events is the museums night, guaranteed to offer an interesting shelter from the rain. Other than that we have a creators market, the space festival, the wind festival and more. Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (May 17-19).

European Museums Night

On May 18 some of the best museums and cultural establishments in Bordeaux will open their doors to the public with free exhibitions and activities. This year the event will have a 90’s vibe to it and the organizers encourage you to dress up in a 90’s style: so pull out your high jeans and way too colorful clothes, you know the drill :). Besides exhibitions, the museums will host lots of kids friendly activities, concerts and more. See the full list of museums and events here.

base sous marine
When: May 18 – 6pm until midnight / Where: Different museums around the metropole

Big Bang – Air and Space Festival

The Big Bang festival in Saint-Médard-en-Jalles will take place on May 14-18. This year the cultural and scientific festival is dedicated to the moon. The program includes art and science exhibitions, conferences, films, concerts and much more. Check out the full program of the event.

When:  May 14-18 / Where: Le Carré des Jalles, Place de la République, 33160 Saint-Medard-En-Jalles

Le Marché des créateurs

The 29th edition of the creators market (Marché des créateurs) will take place on May 18-19 at Place Camille Jullian (next to Utopia cinema). This market proposes a great variety of items giving everyone a chance to find something fitting their tastes and budget: clothes, accessories, jewelry, decorations, kids accessories, toys and more.  For more details check out the facebook page of the event.

When: May 18- 19 / Where:  Place Camille Jullian, 33000

Belem, the famous French vessel arrives to Bordeaux

Belem, the oldest big French vessel (launched in 1896, 51 meters long) will arrive in Bordeaux for five days and will be open to the public. The beautiful ship, classified as a historic monument, will dock at Quai Richelieu on May 16-20. Follow the facebook page of Belem for updates about the hours you can visit the vessel.

When: May 16-20 / Where: Ponton d’Honneur, Quai Richelieu, 33000 Bordeaux

La Fete du Vent

This Saturday (May 18) Peixotto park in Talence will host a wind festival with plenty of educative and entertaining activities. The event will include stands where kids can make their own kites, an exhibition, a presentation of a start-up from the University campus in Talence and more. For more details click here.

When: May 18 / Where:  Parc Peixotto, Talence

Go to a secret event at the Festival de Caves

Festival de Caves (the Cellars festival) is an underground theater festival, gathering a small number of spectators in cellars and other underground places throughout the city. In Bordeaux, the festival will take place on May 11-25 and will run the whole month of May in different cities in Aquitaine. Check out the full program on the website of the event. For more details click here.

When: May 11-25 / Where: Different locations in Bordeaux

Etsy Made in France Bordeaux

This market is organized by the Etsy Made in France team with the goal of promoting local independent creators. Come to experience a more cozy market of young passionate creators where you can hear their stories and sources of inspiration. The event will take place this weekend (May 18-19) in Garage Moderne. For more info click here.

When: May 18-19
Where: Garage Moderne – 1 Rue des Etrangers – 33300 Bordeaux

BBQ at the Château

Château Pichon Bellevue in Vayres invites you to a fun BBQ Party this Saturday (May 18). The party includes a delicious menu with local delicacies and wine. To reserve your spot call: 05 57 74 84 08. For more info click here.

When: May 18 / Where: 23, avenue du Stade 33 870 Vayres

Fête du Vélo

Fête du vélo Métropolitaine is a bicycle celebration taking place this Saturday (May 18). The day includes many events in different parts of the metropole, among them a big picnic in Parc Bordelaise, a big group bicycle ride that will leave from Parc Bordelaise, a cultural bicycle tour in Bègles and More. The day will end with an evening of concerts in Bègles. A few of the events require prior reservation. For more details click here.

When: May 18 / Where: Different parts of Bordeaux, check out the program in the link above.

ORGANO – Biennale “Corps & arts visuels”

The Biennale “Corps & arts visuels” is an artistic manifestation revolving around the human body and performances of visual arts, music and contemporary arts. The arts festival will take place on May 18-19 at the Vivres de l’Art. For more details and tickets click here and for the full program click here.

When: May 18-19 / Where: 4 rue Achard, 33300 Bordeaux, France

Mayday Festival

Mayday is a free student music festival taking place annually in Talence. This year the festival will take place on May 18 and will include a long lineup of performances. For more details and the full program click here.

When: May 18 starting 3pm / Where: 351 Cours de la Libération, 33400 Talence

Les Chais du Domaine de Raba – opening night

Domaine de Raba

If you’re not yet familiar with Domaine de Raba, it’s time to get to know it! It’s a beautiful place next to the University in Talence which is a hotel, a restaurant, a bar and a spa all in one. They are now opening their outdoor wine bar which is going to host many amazing nights during the summer. The 3rd opening night will take place this Saturday (May 18) and it will include a live concert. For more details and reservations click here.

When: May 18 / Where: 35 rue rémi belleau, 33400 Talence

Literature fair in Pessac

This weekend (May 18-19) a big literature fair will take place at the place de la VRépublique in Pessac. The event includes meetings with authors, creative workshops, shows and more. For more info click here.

When: May 18-19 / Where: place de la VRépublique in Pessac

That’s all for this weekend! If you’re not on my email list yet, join me and get more exclusive tips about Bordeaux – subscribe here!

One last thing before I go. This week I released the list of the best events taking place in Bordeaux in June, so if you’re coming for a visit, it’s time to do some homework. If you want to know what other events are taking place this month in the city, check out my post about 20 things not miss in May in Bordeaux.

Have a great weekend!

I must admit that this week, building the best weekend list wasn’t easy. Usually this time of the year there are much bigger outdoor events. It took me some time but I managed to collect some interesting events nonetheless. In the program for this week: Tango, music in the main Cathedral of Bordeaux, board games and plenty of sales of clothes and flowers and more. Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (May 10-12).

Bordeaux Tango Festival

The 7th edition of the Bordeaux Tango Festival will take place on May 7-12. This hot festival connects Bordeaux and the place where Tango was born, Buenos Aires. A variety of activities are offered to celebrate the link between these two cities, such as dance, music, art, literature and food. Most of the events will take place in Espace St. Remi and Rocher Palmer in Cenon. See the program of the festival.

When: May 7-12 / Where: Different locations in Bordeaux

Cathedral nights

cathedrale saint andre
photo by: Lost in Bordeaux

The Cathedral of Saint André in Bordeaux invites you to the Cathedral Nights events that will include two nights of musical concerts (May 10-11) and one day (May 12) of Organ music. The beautiful lighting of the Cathedral at night will make this an unforgettable event. For more information click here.

When: May 10-12 / Where: Place Pey-Berland, 33000 Bordeaux

Go to a secret event at the Festival de Caves

Festival de Caves (the Cellars festival) is an underground theater festival, gathering a small number of spectators in cellars and other underground places throughout the city. In Bordeaux, the festival will take place on May 11-25 and will run the whole month of May in different cities in Aquitaine. The festival will premiere on May 11 (at 18:30) at the Maison Cantonale. Check out the full program on the website of the event. For more details click here.

When: May 11-25 / Where: Different locations in Bordeaux

Spring Garden Party

To celebrate spring you are invited to a garden party right in the center of Bordeaux. Vide Déco and Végétal Bazar will host you for four days (May 9 – 12) of brocantes and plant sales. For more details click here.

When: May 9-12 / Where: 19 Rue du Loup, 33000 Bordeaux, France

Board games Festival in Pessac

This weekend (May 11-12) Pessac will host the first board games festival at les Salles Jacques Ellul et Roger Cohé. The event will include a big escape game and many other participative games. This is a great event to attend with friends or family and it’s free. For more details click here.

When: May 11-12/ Where: place de la 5ème république

Fête du jeu de Bordeaux

Le collectif Fête du Jeu de Bordeaux invites you this Saturday (May 11) to a fun day full of activities for kids and adults at Jardin Public. You can also bring some wine and snacks as they are organizing a big picnic with all the participants. For more details click here.

When: May 11 at 17:00 / Where: Jardin Public Bordeaux

Fête des petits pois

The very nice fête des Petits pois will take place this Sunday (May 12) in Cerons. The program includes many activities and games for kids and food stands. For more details click here.

When: May 12/ Where: Cérons

Night visit at la Forteresse de Blanquefort

This Sunday a night-guided visit will take place at the beautiful forteresse de Blanquefort. This is a private property and usually opens to the public once a month so take the opportunity to visit it. To register for the night tour click here.

When: May 12 at 21:00 / Where: Rue de la Forteresse, 33290

Bordeaux Brewers Battle

This Friday (May 10) Mille et Une Bières will host the first beer Breweries Battle. The rules are simple: two breweries, 12 taps, the brewery serving the most beers in 4 hours will take the trophy. The entry is free. For more details click here.

When: May 10 at 17:00 / Where: 42 Rue Edmond Besse, 33300 Bordeaux, France

A weekend of concerts at La Guinguette chez Alriq

Another great weekend of live music is going to take place at la Guinguette chez Alriq. Every week from Thursday to Sunday, this cool tavern invites you to four evenings of concerts by artists from all over the world. For this week’s program click here.

When: May 9-12 / Where: ZA Quai des Queyries, Port Bastide, 33100 Bordeaux

Decor and craft from all over the world

This Saturday (May 11) a big sale of decor pieces from all over the world will take place at the Librairie du Contretemps in Bègles. The stands will include ceramics, small furniture, mirrors and more. For more details click here.

When: May 11, at 10:00 / Where: 5 Cours Victor Hugo, 33130 Bègles

Festival Imagin’Ere

A creative festival will take place this weekend (May 11-12) at the little village of Saint-Michel-de-Castelnau with plenty of nice workshops for kids. For more details click here.

When: May 11 -12 / Where: Saint-Michel-de-Castelnau

Swing on the streets

Swing In Kiosque is a series of improvised dance events that are taking place in Jardin Public once a month. This weekend the event will take place on May 12. Take a look at the full program of events on their facebook page.

When: May 12 at 15:00 / Where: Jardin Public, 33000 Bordeaux

The Big Plants Sale

A big plants sale will take place this weekend (May 10-12) at the Cour Malby. The prices are guaranteed to be quite low (from 2€ to 10€) so it’s a good opportunity to fill your house with winter plants. For more details click here.

When: May 10-12 / Where: 3 rue Mably, 33000 Bordeaux, France

Festins – a funky exhibition at the Bernard Magrez Cultural Institute

Yet another great exhibition is presented these days at the Institut Bernard Magrez. Festins is an exhibition by two artists, Gérard RANCINAN  and Caroline GAUDRIAULT, that have been working together in the last 20 years and have now agreed to present their works at the museum. For more details click here.   The exhibition will be presented at the institute until June 9. 

When: March 7 – June 9 / Where: 16 rue de Tivoli, 33000 Bordeaux

If you want to leave Bordeaux for the weekend check out my posts about the best day trips from Bordeaux and the best chateaux to visit in Saint Emilion.

That’s all for this weekend! If you’re not on my email list yet, join me and get more exclusive tips about Bordeaux – subscribe here!

If you want to know what other events are taking place this month in the city, check out my post about 20 things not miss in May in Bordeaux.

Have a great weekend!

In Bordeaux, summer officially starts when La Guinguette chez Alriq reopens their amazing place on the river banks. This means we’re now officially entering the best season of the year. However, this weekend, Bordeaux has a hard competition with its charming neighbor Saint Emilion, which is hosting the open doors weekend at its chateaux. For this and more events taking place this weekend (May 3-5), check out my weekend list!

Open doors in Saint-Emilion

An open door weekend will take place on May 4-5 in Saint Emilion where 81 wine producers will open their chateaux to the public. The weekend will include many activities such as wine tastings, visits to the chateaux, games for kids and bike rides. Check out the full program for the participating châteaux, the activities and the wine tasting proposed for that weekend – here.

When: May 4-5 / Where: different locations around Saint Emilion

Tous à l’Opéra

This Saturday (May 4) you are invited to an open door day at the  National Opera of Bordeaux. The program includes public rehearsals, performances, workshops for kids and more. The events will take place from 10 am to 6:30 pm, some activities require prior registration. For more info check out the site of the Opera and the facebook page of the event.

When: May 4 (10:00 to 18:30) / Where: Place de la Comédie, 33000 Bordeaux

The opening of La Guinguette chez Alriq

The best place for sunny weekends in Bordeaux is about to reopen for their summer season. La Guinguette chez Alriq is a taverne at the la Bastide neighborhood, on the rive droite of the Garonne. On a sunny day you can enjoy a cold beer, nice food and daily concerts with a magnificent view of the Garonne. The opening night will take place on May 2 with a concert of Bojan Krstic. To see the program of concerts that will take place in May, click here.  

When: Starting May 2 / Where: ZA Quai des Queyries, Port Bastide, 33100 Bordeaux

Printemps de Cauderan

This weeked (May 4-5) the Cauderan neighborhood celebrates spring with two days full of activities for kids, concerts, workshops, games and more. The event will take place at the beautiful Parc Bordelais. For more details click here.

When: May 4-5 / Where: rue du Bocage, 33200 Bordeaux

Let your kids discover the art of circus at the Jubil’à Jongle festival

The 13th edition of the festival will start with an inauguration evening on May 3, which will include magic and fire shows, different activities for kids and even a rock concert. On the second day of the festival (May 4), you will discover the art of circus and street entertainment through shows of Juggling, magic, games and introductory workshops. The festival will take place at the Parc de Fongravey in Blanquefort. For more info click here.

When: May 3-4 / Where: 4 Parc de Fongravey in Blanquefort

Vide dressing de printemps

This weekend (May 4-5) Darwin invites you to a huge clothes sale with more than 80 stands of merchants and creators. The event will also include a kids corner, a workshop of natural cosmetics, food trucks and space where you can donate your old clothes. For more details click here.

When: May 4-5 / Where: 87 quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux, France

Un Marché Pas Comme Les Autres

A creators market will take place at Place Camille Jullian this weekend (May 4-5). The Pas Comme Les Autres market will host 38 creators and designers from different fields such as home decoration, fashion, art, well being and more. For more details click here.

When: May 4-5 / Where: Place  Camille Jullian, bordeaux

Burdi’Color run in Pessac

La Burdi’Color is an annual event of running (5km), color and music taking place in Pessac. During a color run natural color powder is thrown at you by other participants and the runners end up looking like running rainbows.  The event will take place on May 5. For more info click here.

When: May 5 / Where: The festival village will be located in front of the BEC, next to la maison des arts, PESSAC (33600).

Bourbon Street – Jazz festival

Bourbon street is a local Jazz festival that will take place on May 3-4 in different locations in the Bassin a flot neighborhood. The festival has a long artistic program that was chosen by the residents of the neighborhood. Besides concerts, at the various local bars the festival offers activities for the whole family, such as a books sale on the quai and games for kids at Kfé des familles. You can find more information during the festival at Les Halles de Bourbon and the full program here.

When: May 3-4 / Where: Different locations close to the Bassin a flot

La Plage aux Écrivains

This weekend (May 4-5) writers and avid readers will meet in Arcachon for the 15th edition of Plage aux Ecrivains. For more details and the full list of writers taking part in the event click here.

When: May 4-5 / Where: Hôtel de Ville, Place Lucien de Gracia CS 90133, 33120 Arcachon  

La Fabrique Pola – celebrates its new location on the Garonne

La Fabrique Pola is a very cool Bordelaise organization dedicated to the creation of local contemporary art. This Saturday (May 4) it celebrates its new location on the rive droite with a day full of fun activities such as guided tours, film screenings and cooking workshop for kids. For more info click here.

When: May 4, starting 15:00 / Where: 10 quai de Brazza, 33100 Bordeaux, France

Search for beautiful antiques at the Brocante

The big brocante of Bordeaux is hosted twice a year at place des Quinconces with 200 antique dealers, horticulturists, restaurants and craftsmen. It’s the biggest brocante event in the area and the selection is huge, from vintage home decor, to paintings, antique furniture, garden accessories and more. The brocante started on April 19 and will continue until May 5. For more info and the list of exhibitors click here.

When: April 19 – May 5 / Where: Place des Quinconces, Bordeaux

L’Orangeade 5 ans en flèche !

L’Orangeade is an association that organizes free music events around Bordeaux. This Friday, to celebrate its fifth anniversary, the association invites you to a big party at the main square of Saint Michel. For more details and the full program click here.

When: May 3, starting 17:00 / Where: Place Meynard, 33000 Bordeaux, France

Free museums Sunday

Like in most cities in France, the first Sunday of the month is a free museums day. You have a free entrance to all the public museums and to most exhibitions. Check out the full list of museums in Bordeaux that you can visit for free this Sunday.

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D’un soleil à l’autre

In the D’un soleil à l’autre exhibition artists present their poetic journey in space. Aspects like elastic distances, weightlessness, dazzling, infinitely large landscapes and incandescent materials are beautifully translated into contemporary digital art. La Base sous marine is known for the phenomenal use of their unique space for art, so don’t miss this one. The exhibition will be presented at the museum from March 9 to May 19. For more info click here.

When: March 9 – May 19 / Where: Boulevard Alfred Daney, 33000 Bordeaux

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If you want to know what other events are taking place this month in the city, check out my post about the 20 things not miss in May in Bordeaux.